The Italian Contribution to the Debate on the Future of the Governance of the Euro by Marco Piantini
The depth of the economic and financial crisis and its long-lasting impact highlight fundamental unresolved issues related to the incompleteness of the Economic and Monetary Union, despite important steps forward made in response to the crisis. In addition, disaffection in the European project is widespread among citizens and it is leading to the rise of populist political forces. The current upswing in growth rates, albeit modest, is likely to trigger complacency in national governments and European institutions with the risk of deepening the divide with citizens still heavily affected by the legacy of the crisis in terms of unemployment, poverty and rising inequalities.
Against this background, the Union is at a crossroad between muddling through and facing with determination the new challenges: restore growth potential, foster a job-rich sustained growth in a stable macroeconomic environment and rebuild the relationship between European institutions and European citizens. The launch by the Commission of a multi-annual European investment plan and the definition of adequate incentives for investment and reforms are positive important steps in this direction, especially in the framework of a growth-friendly fiscal policy. However, the urgency and complexity of the issues at stake call for a more ambitious policy mix involving fiscal, structural, social and monetary policies.
Marco Piantini, adviser for European Affairs to the Italian Prime Minister, recently acted as coordinator of the Italian position on the crisis of the Eurozone and other institutional matters. He is a former adviser to President Napolitano and a staff member at the European Parliament.
Organiser: Brigid Laffan – EUI – Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and Global Governance Programme
Speaker: Marco Piantini